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NY Legion Post 50 of Pelham, New York,
Westchester County was established in October 1923 ,
dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead
high-quality lives with respect and dignity.We accomplish this
by ensuring that veterans and their families, can access the
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WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE:
We are a small post, we do not even have a building, and yet
we support a Boy Scout Troop (1), we have scholarships,
sponsor Boys State, and promote Americanism . We
participate in several military ceremony. In short, we are a
little post with a big agenda.
In order to keep you older vets current with modern military terminology and slang, we have added
this feature. Some things never change, but what we call them does:
203 - An M-203 grenade launcher, a single shot grenade launcher mounted beneath the M-4 carbine; fires
the same 40mm grenade as the M-19 akak
5's & 25's - standard security order when
a convoy stops: gunners scan 5 meters
in all directions from their vehicle
position while soldiers dismount and
secure out to 25 meters from the vehicles
50 Cal - The standard Browning .50
Caliber ( half inch in diameter) heavy
machinegun used by the US Military
since WWII; aka Fifty Cal; M-2 or
5.56 - Refers to standard 5.56 milimeter diameter round used in M-16 or M-4 standard infantry weapon and
light machine guns such as the SAW; aka 5.56
NATO round, Also known as the .223 cal
(223/1000 of an inch in diameter just as .30 cal is
30/100 of an inch in diameter.)
ACU - Army Combat Uniform - with the NEW
igitized design for all seasons and terrain.
AK-47 - Copied from the WWII German
Sturmgewehr 44; This Soviet-era weapon was
developed in 1947 by Mikhail Kalashnikov;
Standard of the Iraqi forces, insurgents and most
third world and communist countries; not very
accurate but fires the powerful 7.62x39mm round
in full automatic and very easy to maintain
Alice : All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying
Equipment. Formerly known as Web Gear.
AMTRAC - Amphibious vehicle used by Marines
AO - Refers to area of operations
AOR - Navy Term - Area Of Responsibily, the confines within which we
Angel - a soldier killed in combat, used among some US medica
Ass - Marine slang for any weapon system with a lot of firepower.
AT4 - US anti-tank rocket carried by Marines
Atropine Injector - Injects agent to counteract nerve gas
Back in the World - Back in the United States of America, as they
remember it. An expression that began in the Vietnam War when
soldiers found the Asian culture so different that they
could have been on another planet. The term lives on in that other
galaxy far - far - away, known as Iraq and Afghanistan.
Battle Rattle - Full battle rattle is close to 50 pounds worth of gear
a flak vest, Kevlar helmet, gas mask, ammunition, weapons, and other
military equipment. One component is the soft vest that covers the torso
shoulders and the back. It's made of soft material, a mixture of Kevlar
Twaron. These are sown together in sort of a sandwich fashion inside a
nylon camouflage-pattern shell. The nylon vest has attaching points for
load-bearing equipment. The second component of the system is ceramic
plates that fit in pockets in the front and back of the vest. These plates
protect the heart and lungs. Any TV news report from Iraq or Afghanistan
shows American service members wearing "full battle rattle." Wearing the
battle rattle has saved lives in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A soldier in full
dress, including helmet, flak jacket, and automatic weapon said to be wearing "battle rattle" "play clothes" or
"Mommy's comforts" -- terms that antedated the war in Iraq, though used less frequently because the gear
was used by smaller numbers of troops. The term Battle Rattle was previously associated with a call to arms
on warships in the 1812 period.
Belt Fed - excited as in "that is a belt-fed SOB"; Refers to belt fed machine gun bullets;
BIAP : Baghdad International Airport
Bombaconda : nickname for LSA Anaconda, , a major base near Balad, reflecting the frequent mortar
Boonie Cap - Floppy field hat
Butterfly Trigger - safety trigger requiring two thumbs to activate
Cas-Evac - Casualty evacuation
CC : Coalition Country -- the coalition of the willing allies
CG - Commanding General
Charms - Lucky Charms candy issued with field rations considered very unlucky
CHU : Containerized Housing Unit (pronounced “choo”) - Aluminum boxes slightly larger [22’x8’] than a
commercial shipping container, with linoleum floors and cots or beds inside. This insulated CONEX shipping
container has a door, window, top vent, power cabling, and an air conditioner. One version houses four
people, while another is split into two, two-person rooms. The version with a shower and toilet shared
between two rooms is called a "wet chu", which provides less crowded latrine and shower conditions than
tents. The CHU gives soldiers a lot more living space than tents. The CHU is the modern equivilent of the
Vietnam era "HOOCH".
CHUville : a base consisting of a large number of CHUs.
Cleared Hot - Permission to fire your weapon
CO - Commanding Officer
Cobra Gunship - Light attack Helicopter
Condition One -
Cougar: A small armored fighting vehicle designed to survive IED attacks and ambushes.
Cyclone (also Dust Devil) - Fierce winds in Iraq dessert
DCU - Desert Camoflage Uniform
DDG - Navy Term - Guided Missile Destroyer
Death Blossom : The tendency of Iraqi security forces, in
response to receiving a little fire from the enemy, to
either run away or do the "death blossom" spraying
fire indisciminately in all directions. The term originated
in the 1984 movie "The Last Starfighter" as a maneuver
in which a single starfighter can single handedly wipe
out an entire armada.
Devil Dog - Nick name for a Marine; originated in
the First World War when they were called that by
DFAC [Dining FACility] : A DFAC is where you eat.
eat in a dining facility, or DFAC (pronounced dee-Fak).
Old soldiers show their age they call it a "chow hall" and
if you say “mess hall” it dates you. DFACs are modern
looking cafeteria, some decorated it with sports
memorabilia, movie posters, and televisions with
Dirt Sailor : A member of the Navy’s Construction
Battalions (Seabees). In Iraq, a sailor playing a part
that is not a normal Navy role.
Donkey Dicks - Marine term for any phallic-shaped
Ephedra; Ripped Fuel; etc - Refers to over-the-counter
diet pills used for energy
EFP: Explosively Formed Penetrators:
A new dangerous
weapon supplied by Iranian Militants
used to pierce any
American armored vehicle.
E-Fuzzy - With the introduction of the
ACU, used to
describe an E-1 Private. There is no
rank insignia for
an E-1, and as the ACU's rank patch
is Velcro and
goes on the chest, E-1s have the
fuzzy Velcro exposed.
Also known as Private No Rank
E-Tool - Excavation tool; shovel
Flak Jacket - heavy flexible
"Flak" is the infamous abbreviation
German for anti-aircraft guns that used
weapons against Allied planes in WWII
Flank Speed - Navy Term - the fastest speed the ship can travel, equal to about 35 knots
FO - Forward Observer
FOB : forward operating base.
FOB Taxi : any vehicle that never leaves the FOB.
Fobbit : service member who never goes outside the wire off the forward operating base; updated name for
the Vietnam era REMF; also see POG
Foot Mobil - Person on foot
Forty Mike-Mike - 40mm grenade and the M-19 automatic grenade launcher that fires it
FRAGO : fragmentary order. Fragmentary order is an abbreviated form of an operation order, usually issued
on a day-to-day basis, which eliminates the need for restating information contained in a basic operation
order. FRAGOs do not take the place of an OPORD. A FRAGO determines timely changes to an already
existing order. The important point here is that a frag order is issued based on the basic operation order and
is not a "stand alone" directive. It will normally state the changes from the basic order such as enemy
situation and new taskings. A more formal decisionmaking process may be required before issuing a
FRAGO, especially if a major adjustment to the operation order (OPORD) is needed.
Frankenstein : A Marine Corps monster truck, bulging and rippling with spot-welded seams of add on armor.
"We scrounge around for what we need and 'Frankenstein' it together." As of December 2004, of the 30,000
estimated wheeled vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 8,000 of the older models did not have armor
protection. Of those that were protected, about 6, 000 had full protection, while about 10,000 vehicles had
received add-on kits, many improvised in theater. Green Zone : Heavily guarded area with several former
Presidential Palaces in central Baghdad where US, coalition and iraqi authorities live and work. Much of the
rest of Iraq is the "red zone". An attempt was made to rename it the International Zone (IZ), but this seems not
to have stuck.
Get Some - a macho phrase expressing a soldier's desire to get in the fight; "Let's get some !!"
Got your six - "I've got your back," meaning I am watching your rear as in the 12 hour clock; also I have your
three or 3 o'clock, etc
Gun Truck : an armored and heavily armed vehicle used for convoy security. Made popular in Vietnam by
mounting heavy machine guns and armor on 5 ton trucks for convoy duty.
GWOT : global war on terrorism.
Habudabi - the word many soldiers use for an
Haji : 1: Arabic word for someone who has
made the pilgrimage to Mecca; 2: used by
the American military for an Iraqi, anyone of
arab decent, or even of a brownish skin tone,
be they afghanis, or even bangladeshis; 3: the
word many soldiers use derogatorily for the
Haji armor : improvised armor, installed by
troops hiring Iraqis to update the vehicles by
welding any available metal to the sides of
Haji mart : any small store operated by Iraqis
to sell small items to Americans.
Haji patrol : 1: escort detail; 2: Local National
unit is also referred to as the Haji patrol, with
all the projects that are being performed by the
Haji shop : even the smallest base has some
form of what soldiers call a "haji shop" or,
in more politically correct terms, a shop
run by locals. Frequently near the PX,
the "Haji" shop would sell everything
from cigarettes to knockoff sunglasses
to pirated DVDs.
Hardball - black top roadway
Hillbilly armor : Improvised vehicle armor
, salvafed from digging through local
landfills for pieces of scrap metal to
bolster armor on their vehicles.
ypically a half-inch of scrap steel
astily cut in the shape of the door and
welded or riveted on. Name derives from
Tennessee National Guard 278th Regimental
Combat Team, whose Spc. Thomas Wilson grilled
SecDef Rumsfeld in December 2004 about the
need for such scrounging. "Why do we soldiers
have to dig through local landfills for pieces of
scrap metal and compromised ballistic
glass to up-armor our vehicles?" Spc. Wilson asked.
IED : improvised explosive device
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IP: Iraqi Police
inside the wire - inside an enemy combatant
facility. Working "inside the wire" of the enemy
combatant detention facility can lead to stress for
the US troops working here. But experts and leaders
are working hard to help servicemembers deal with
the unique conditions of working in an isolated
island base such as Guantanamo. Troops working
inside the wire must pass through several sets
of intimidating double gates. They always cover
their nametapes and never call each other by their
real names while they're near detainees. Vietnam-era
phrase for the perimeter of any US base in Vietnam.
ITGA : Interim Transitional Government of Afghanistan.
Javelin Team -
Jingle Trucks - Afghanistan transport trucks with a narrow wheel base that are usually adorned with colorful
stickers and chimes, the military contracted for host nation delivery trucks, known as “jingle trucks” because
of the decorative metal tassels hanging from the bottom of the truck frames that jingled when the trucks
moved. These trucks are contracted through Afghan Government officials. The NCO responsible for these
contracts was known as the “jingle man.” The contract price was based on the destination and the type of
truck used. Fuel tankers and trucks that could carry 20- and 40-foot containers were available. Although
serviceable, these trucks would not pass standard US specifications.
KAF: That stands for Kandahar Air Field. That is the main base of operations for the Southern part of
Afghanistan. The main post is big and has lots of people, it is a main transportation hub--both Helo and Fixed
Wing--also Convoys of Humvees going in and out
KBR : Kellogg, Brown & Root -- The biggest contractor serving the Coalition Forces.
Kevlar - Issued American Helmet
Kill Box - Kill Zone
LAV - Light Armored Vehicle
LN : Local National. A citizen of Iraq, if you're in Iraq, Afghanistan if you're in Afghanistan, etc. Usually
encountered as labor brought on post to do construction or other labor.
LT - Refers to Lieutenant
M-19 - Vehicle mounted machine gun that fires armor piercing grenades; aka MK-19; also Forty Mike-Mike
M-249 SAW - hand held Squad Automatic Weapon that fires the 5.56 NATO round
M-4 - standard infantry weapon; similar to but shorter than the Vietnam era M-16
M-40 - Bolt action sniper rifle used by the US Military; fires the larger 7.62mm x 54mm NATO round
Mortaritaville : nickname for LSA Anaconda, a major base near Balad, reflecting the frequent mortar attacks.
MRAP: Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles are a family of new armored fighting vehicles
designed to survive IED attacks and ambushes.
MRE - Meals Ready to Eat; standard military selfheating meals in a plastic bag
MSR - Main Supply Route as MSR "Tampa" & MSR "8"
Muj (pronnounced: Mooj), short for Mujahadeen. Formally a person who wages jihad, informally used for the
Iraqi Insurgents starting in 2005.
"O-Dark-Hundred" - para-phrasing military time where 0500 means 5:00am; any ridiculously early hour of the
Oakley Sunglasses - worn by almost all Marines and soldiers in Iraq; Iraqis believe they give Amercans "X-
Outside the wire - outside the security perimenter surrounding the base or FOB.
OEF : Operation Enduring Freedom.
OGA : Other Government Agency - CIA
OIF : Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Oscar Mike: On the move or moving out.
POG : People Other than Grunts [pronounced "pogue"] rear-echelon support troops. Arose in 2005 as a
synonym for Fobbit, it seems. Also a newer version of REMF
PEC-Fours, PEC-Thirteens - Night and infared vision scopes
POG - Person other than a Grunt; a pejorative term for anyone who is the rear echelon and therefore not in an
infantry unit; Fobbit
PRT : This stands for Provincial Reconstruction Team. These are military, goverment departments and
civilian aid organizations from our country and many others who come to a town and help to rebuild. The PRT
coordinates construction projects and provide humanitarian assistance.
PSD : Personal Security Detail - private security contractors
Psy-Ops - Psychological - Operations Units; which use leaflets, loudspeakers, etc to encourage the enemy to
Red on red : enemy-on-enemy fire. In June 2005 it was reported that Marines patrolling the desert near the
Syrian border had, over the previous several months, seen a new trend in the Iraq insurgency. Insurgents
were fighting each other in towns along the Euphrates from Husayba to Qaim. This suggested that there had
been a split between Islamic militants and local rebels.
REMF : rear-echelon motherf****r - another Vietnam era phrase revived for the sandbox. The term REMF
seems to have fallen into disuse, replaced by “fobbit”.
Remfland: the rear-echelon areas where support personnel live and work in relative safety -- the paradox
being that in the Sandbox, unlike Vietnam, REMFland is more a state of mind than a physical location.
RHIB - Navy Term - RIB, Rigid-hulled inflatable boat. Currently used by Pirates off Somalia
RPG - Rocket Propelled Grenade; Anti-tank rocket first invented for the Bazooka by the US in WWII, then
inmproved by the Germans as the "Panzerfaust" and further improved by the Soviets; not very accurate but
used very successfully by enemy insurgent 5 & 10 man RPG teams;
S-2 - Battalion level intelligence officer; G-3 is division intelligence officer or unit
Sandbox or Sand Pit : Iraq
SAPI Plates - 12 inch square ceramic plates in FLAK vests made to stop the powerful 7.62x39mm standard
round fired from the AK47
shake and bake : first used during the Vietnam War, and revived in Iraq, to refer to attacks using a
combination of conventional bombs, cluster bombs (CBU), and napalm. In the battle of Fallujah in 2004 it was
used in reference to a combination barrage of White Phosphorus and explosive artillery shells.
Slackman - Nickname for the team machinegunner using the SAW
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STB - Navy Term - Starboard (right)
Sustainer theater : AAFES' motion picture team has assembled an opening lineup of movies for the Balad
Camp Anaconda theater dubbed "Sustainer." Before Soldiers can view first run shows at the Sustainer
Theater the process of getting movies here takes weeks of time and effort, initially beginning at the Army Air
Force Exchange Service headquarters in Dallas.
T-55 - Soviet era tank used in Iraq
TCN - Third Country National: A citizen of a neutral country who is in the theater of operations as a contractor.
The Nepalese truck drivers who were killed by Ansar Al Sunnah in the summer of 2004 were TCNs.
TCP - Traffic control point.
VB - Navy Term - Virginia Beach, Virginia, East coast headquarters of Special Warfare.
VBIED - Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devise. i.e.. Car Bomb
Victors - from the military phonetic alphabet for "Vehicles"
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - from the military phonetic alphabet: "What the F****"
Zil Truck - Russian made truck popular in Iraq